Leigh Barrington posted this picture on Facebook of people trying to escape the heat McLachlan Park on a hot day.
Leigh Barrington posted this picture on Facebook of people trying to escape the heat McLachlan Park on a hot day. Leigh Barrington

Park upgrades cause ongoing stir in community

COUNCIL works at McLachlan Park in Maclean are continuing to cause unrest within some parts of the community who have raised concern over a number of elements of the project, including the project funding and replacement of the camphor laurel trees.

In December of 2016, the issue regarding Federal Government funding was raised by a number of community members on the Facebook group The Clarence Forum when council members voted to use funding reserved for the boardwalk for other elements of the upgrade.

Clarence Valley Council director of works and civil Troy Anderson said this stage of the project at McLachlan Park was almost complete.

"The works in accordance with council resolution 12.018/16 are complete with the exception of the Riverside Walk," Mr Anderson said.

"Council resolved (on December 16) to wait until determination was made on the current funding application."

Last month it was reported at the council meeting that in some areas of the upgrade the budget has changed from the estimated cost.

"The project as reported to council in December 2016 is within budget," Mr Anderson said.

Recently on the Clarence Valley Rate Payers, Residents and Business Owners Facebook page, Leigh Barrington posted a picture of people huddled under the shade of a tree on a hot day while the new tables installed by council in the park were unoccupied and in the direct sun.

"They say a picture is worth a thousand words. What does this say about council's extravagant renovation of our riverside park in Maclean?" Mr Barrington posted.

Mr Anderson said there had been a delay in planting the new trees is due to the hot weather the Clarence Valley was experiencing.